Boxing is considered by many as the worlds most ancient and most celebrated sports. Boxing had its beginning in ancient Greece when it was considered nothing more than a gentle art of self defense. Boxing has continually been refined and perfected over the ages.
Today professional boxing is recognized as a major sport attracting many sponsorship deals and there is huge money involved making boxers millionaires. Amateur boxing is also not lagging behind, with amateur boxers willing to fight driven by a strong desire to avail the many benefits. Innumerable pay-per-view boxing events are attracting millions of watchers worldwide. Ever since boxing became a global phenomenon, the fitness industry has fully exploited the boxing popularity with training classes for boxing.
In today’s scenario, aspirants will have to undergo rigorous training and practice to reach competition levels. The typical boxing training session stimulates all muscle groups, and provides the perfect combination of aerobic with oxygen exercises and anaerobic without oxygen exercises. The boxers’ workout is designed to get anyone into the best physical shape of their lives. To perfect the basic boxing skills you will have to survive three rounds – each of three minutes’ duration – of actual fighting in a controlled gym-setting. You have to be supremely conditioned and physically strong enough to throw mighty punches from round one lasting up to three.
Attending an established boxing training school provides you with the required physical and mental strength, coordination, both aerobic and anaerobic fitness and powers of endurance. The most important exercises include heavy bag, speed-ball spring-ball and medicine-ball work, skipping, running, weight-training and wind-sprints. Exercises are condensed and combined to form a circuit or performed independently over a longer period. In short, boxing improves ones reflexes, stamina, muscle flexibility, speed and cardiovascular fitness.
A boxing workout of about one-hour generally conforms to the following timetable: Five minutes on warm-up exercise followed by stretching of all major muscle groups; twenty five minutes of sit-ups with medicine ball; ten minutes of skipping five two-minute rounds on heavy bag; three two-minute rounds on the speed-ball; three sets of 15 side laterals; finally five minutes of bike to cool down.
A competent boxer needs a significant amount of confidence more than confrontationist skills. If the boxer needs to protect himself in a self-defense situation, he will be more efficient at finishing things quickly and cleanly due to heightened confidence levels. Seasoned boxers will tell you that boxing is the ultimate sport for countering stress. The combination of strength training and aerobic work provides an excellent feeling of muscular pump and stimulates the cardiovascular system. Please know that hitting the heavy bag for five to six rounds tremendously relieves physical and mental stress. This type of workout enhances the ability to relax and helps one to remain poised under pressure.
As you are aware, boxing allows for a direct confrontation between two persons in a controlled setting. Make sure to get trained in full contact sparring – although it is optional in many boxing classes – as that provides the perfect platform to fine-tune your fundamental boxing skills…
Before engaging in any form of boxing training, you must possess the right equipments for both safety and performance reasons. The equipments you would need are – bag and sparring gloves, wraps, mouth guard, speed-ball, heavy bag, skipping rope, medicine ball and focus mitts.